Many people wonder if filtering their drinking water actually has any benefits for them. Is it really necessary? There are many reasons why people may think about, or want to use, a water filtration system to filter their drinking water.

Here are some of the known benefits of using water filtration.

Because it removes chlorine and other contaminants, water filtration produces drinking water which has a nicer smell to it and it also has a better taste.

Point-of-use water filtration can reduce harmful substances in tap water from entering into your body by filtering them out before you drink the water.

A water filtration unit (countertop or freestanding) provides clean, purified water at less cost than buying bottle water, and many of the dispensers are mobile and can be easily located anywhere.

The risk of you suffering from diseases such as rectal cancer, bladder cancer and colon cancer can be reduced by using a water filtration system to remove chlorine and its byproducts from your drinking water.

Water filtration using a solid block carbon filter can eliminate contaminants from your drinking water without removing essential and healthy deposits of minerals that affect the PH of drinking water.

Water filtration can improve your overall health and give you added protection against certain diseases.

When cooking and the preparing meals, washing food, using filtered water can be just as convenient as using normal tap water.

By eliminating substances such as giardia and cryptosporidium from your drinking water, water filtration can reduce the risk of you suffering from gastrointestinal diseases.

Water filtration provides you with purer, healthier drinking water for your children, whose immune systems are not yet fully developed.

Water filtration provides you with a ‘last line of defense’ against over 2,100 toxins that are known to be present in regular municipally supplied drinking water. (Many water regulations only cover about fifty of all the known toxins.)

Do all water filters offer the same benefits?

There are many different types of water filtration units available on the market nowadays and some may be better than others. Some of them remove too few toxins from your drinking water and others remove not only the toxins but also the essential and healthy trace minerals that your body needs to function properly.

Here are some things you should consider when thinking about using a water filtration system for your drinking water.

You should check that the filter removes contaminants like lead, chlorine and other harmful components such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Compare filters – read the data sheet for each filter and compare what toxins and substances each filter will remove from your drinking water.

Check if the water filter you are considering is covered by international or local certification and the standards it must meet.

Water filtration systems or filters are normally well tested and documented and most manufacturers will be able to supply you with information regarding all the different models they offer.